All Roads Lead To Oceanside


By Jenna Gabrial Gallagher

From flagship sports and surfing events like the Oceanside Longboard Surf Contest and Beach Festival, Race Across America, Super Girl Surf Pro and the World Bodysurfing Championships to community events like Pride by the Beach and Oceanside Harbor Days, to world-class dining and sight-seeing and relaxing, there is so much to do in Oceanside this spring and summer.


Unlike most picture-perfect vacation spots, Oceanside is easy to access. Mission Pacific Hotel is right on the beach and within a two-hour drive of three international airports, plus three regional airports. There are plenty of public transportation options as well. Here are some of the best ways to get to Oceanside from anywhere.


By Plane

Oceanside is only 40 miles from San Diego International Airport, 85 miles from Ontario International Airport, and 90 miles from LAX. Regionally, we are served by McClellan-Palomar Airport (a mere 11 miles away), John Wayne Airport (50 miles), and Long Beach Airport (70 miles). No matter where you’re flying in from, Mission Pacific Hotel is always happy to arrange your ground transportation through our partner, La Costa Limo.


By Car or Motorcycle

It takes less than an easy, scenic hour to drive to Oceanside from San Diego. Just take the I-5 North, then exit at 53-Mission Avenue. If you’re driving to Oceanside from Los Angeles, take the 405, merge onto I-5 South just after Aliso Viejo, then exit at 53-Mission Avenue. From inland, Highway 76 West will bring you right to us, or take Highway 78 West to I-5 North. Once you arrive, Mission Pacific Hotel offers safe overnight valet parking for only $44/night.

Photo courtesy of North County Transit District

By Public Transportation

Beautiful scenery may not be the first thing you think of when you think of public transportation, but when you take the Coaster commuter train from San Diego, you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy breathtaking California shoreline views. The Coaster makes 30 daily trips Monday-Thursday, 32 on Fridays and 20 daily trips on Saturday and Sunday, and runs year-round with eight stops between downtown San Diego and the downtown Oceanside Transit Center, less than a half-mile from Mission Pacific Hotel. Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner train hugs the coast between San Luis Obispo and San Diego and also stops at the Oceanside Transit Center, making it a great way to get from Los Angeles to Oceanside. 


By Boat

Oceanside Harbor, just a leisurely walk up the shore from Mission Pacific Hotel, has 24 boat slips that can be reserved in advance if you’d like to dock your boat here and explore Oceanside or stay awhile — we’d love to have you!